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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-15

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-15
Right-hander Jason Marquis on Wednesday will make his first start at Wrigley Field since the Cubs traded him to the Rockies in January for reliever Luis Vizcaino. Marquis, who went 23-18 in two seasons with the Cubs, has no idea what reception awaits from Cubs fans.

"Only they'll know, so I try not to worry about that," Marquis, 30, said. "It's out of my hands. I know I gave every ounce of effort every time I took the ball every situation. If hard work and hundred percent effort every time out isn't appreciated, then it's out of my hands."

The Rockies are Marquis' fourth team, and the outcomes of his two previous homecomings were mixed. He began his career in the Braves organization and was traded in December 2003 to the Cardinals along with Eli Marrero for reliever Ray King and Adam Wainwright, then in the minors. Marquis, who was one week away from his 26th birthday on Aug. 14, 2004, when he returned to Atlanta to face the Braves, had made 38 starts for the Braves in 2002 and 2003, winning 13 games over two seasons.

"You think the first team you're with is going to be the team you're with forever," Marquis said. "So at that point, there might been ill feelings just because you're young and immature."

Asked how he did on his return to Atlanta, Marquis smiled and said, "I didn't fare too well, I know that. I was just trying to overthrow. I was just trying to do too many things." Marquis pitched five innings for the Cardinals, who lost 9-7. He was lucky not to figure in the decision, since he allowed six runs and 10 hits, including four home runs.

Marquis left the Cardinals as a free agent and signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs after the 2006 season. He held the Cardinals scoreless for seven innings on April 21, 2007, and won 6-0 at Wrigley Field. That was a trial run for his return to St. Louis six days later. There Marquis allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings and won again.

"I was able to keep my emotions more under control," he said. "It was my second time doing it, a little more mature. And there were no hard feelings there, too. I was a free agent. I had my opportunity to go where I wanted. I think the fans might've got on me a little more (than in his return to Atlanta) because I was with their biggest rival. Maybe if I came in with the L.A. Dodgers or Colorado Rockies, it might've been different."

Marquis will be trying to help the Rockies end a three-game losing streak and split a two-game series at Chicago. Since this is the third leg on his reunion tour, Marquis, with his emotions in check, won't be revved up as he was when he returned to Atlanta but will be as he was when he went back to St. Louis with the Cubs. "I have no hard feelings, no ill will towards anybody," he said, "so I'm going to go in there and try to win a baseball game. So I'm going to have fun."

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